Decade after decade, vinyl siding remains a widely popular home cladding. This is due to its practical pricing, energy efficiency, durability, easy maintenance and the many color and design options available to choose from.
When you are considering replacing or installing vinyl siding for your Minnesota home, like many home-improvement projects, it may cross your mind during the spring or summer seasons. This isn’t always the best time of year to replace vinyl siding for a number of reasons. In fact, it could be a costly mistake! Read on to learn why the fall is actually the best time to replace the vinyl siding on your home.
Fall Prices Are Lower
The spring and summer seasons are the busiest times of year for Minnesota home-exterior contractors. This means that, for many companies, there isn’t enough incentive to offer special deals and upgrades at reasonable bids. Further, if the company you hire has more work than they can handle, you may find that the project is started and finished when it is more convenient to your contractor’s schedule, rather than to your timetable.
As winter weather approaches, however, contractors are hungrier for work to prepare for the long, slow months ahead — like bears preparing for hibernation.
Additionally, vinyl siding manufacturers have incentive to move inventory to make room for the following year’s new styles and products. This often results in lower pricing for you, too.
Moderate Weather Is Better For Installation
Many manufactured and natural materials expand and contract in reaction to the ambient temperature. For example, you may have a door or window that fits snugly or even sticks during the summer, but during the winter, it opens and closes more freely.
This same environmental principle should be considered when you install vinyl siding. Moderate fall weather provides ideal conditions in our region for siding installation. If you install vinyl siding during hot weather, it is more susceptible to buckling or cracking when the material contracts in cold weather.
Ready Your Home For Winter
Your new vinyl siding is an essential component of your home’s envelope. The better resistance to heat exchange your vinyl siding provides, the more energy you are going to save and experience greater comfort.
Installing vinyl siding in the fall gives you the opportunity to prepare your home’s envelope for cooler weather this season, the winter season ahead and year-round. Your home contractor should seal any gaps in the envelope to inhibit air exchange (i.e. drafts and heat gain/loss) between the conditioned air inside your home and the outside air.
Moreover, you may opt for a more energy-efficient vinyl siding product and/or house wrap installation to ensure even lower utility bills and superior comfort no matter the season.
To learn more about vinyl siding replacement and installation that provides maximum energy efficiency, comfort and beauty for your Minnesota home, contact the home-exterior experts at Welter Construction today!